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Tyrone falls to Mountain Lions in five at Fiochetta Tournament

Tyrone\’s roller coaster ride through the month of May continued yesterday in the first round of the Ron Fiochetta Memorial Baseball Tournament.
After blasting 16 hits and four homeruns Wednesday in a 15-13 come-from-behind win over Bellwood-Antis, the Eagles were flat against Altoona. Tyrone managed just three hits and worked completely through its lineup just twice in a 10-0 loss to the Mountain Lions in five innings at Veterans Field in Altoona.
Tyrone committed four more fielding errors, bringing its season total to 42, and went down in order on three different occasions.
“We didn\’t play smart ball,” said Tyrone manager Tom Coleman. “We made a lot of defensive errors that could have eliminated some of those runs and we played with no hustle. Right now, we\’re playing like an average team. If we plan on continuing this when the playoffs start, we\’re not going to go very deep.”
After starting the season 7-1, Tyrone now dips to 10-6, having lost five of its eight games this month.
And more than simply losing, the Eagles are losing ugly. Tyrone has allowed 10 or more runs in four of its last eight and has been the victim of the 15- or 10-run Mercy Rule three times in the last two weeks.
“We\’ve been every inconsistent,” Coleman said. “Especially in the last two weeks, some games we come to play and others we look like a totally different team.”
Yesterday, after a five-inning stint as Dr. Jeckyl in an extra-inning win over the Blue Devils, Tyrone played Mr. Hyde.
Freshman Tyler Gillmen, in his second varsity start, took the loss, going 2 2/3 innings and allowing seven runs. Five came in the first inning when 10 Mountain Lion batters came to the plate, collecting four singles and a triple.
Things only got worse from there for Gillmen, who a week ago limited Bishoip Guilfoyle to just three hits in his first start. He walked two, hit four batters, and surrendered six hits.
Max Soellner, Ben Gummo and Brice Mertiff managed the only hits for Tyrone, which was delivered its first shutout of the season.
Altoona 10 Tyrone 0
TYRONE – Ba. Gummo, cf, 2-0-0; Be. Gummo, lf-ss, 2-0-1; Golden, ss, 0-0-0; Mertiff, ss-2b, 2-0-1; Mingle, rf, 2-0-0; C. Wilson, 1b, 2-0-0; M. Soellner, c, 2-0-1; D. Soellner, dh, 2-0-0; Gillmen, p, 0-0-0; J. Wilson, lf, 0-0-0; Maceno, 2b-p, 2-0-0; Cushion, 3b, 1-0-0. TOTALS: 17-0-3
ALTOONA – Clancy, 2b, 4-1-1; Moran, ss, 4-1-1; Shaffer, rf, 1-3-1; David, 1b, 3-2-0; Koch, lf, 1-0-0; Tippett, dh, 3-1-1; Plummer, p, 0-0-0; Colombo, cf, 3-1-3; Palazzi, 3b, 2-0-0; Montgomery, c, 3-1-3. TOTALS: 24-10-10
TYRONE 000 00X X – 0-3-4
ALTOONA 521 03X X – 10-10-0
2B: Shaffer
3B: Clancy
RBI: Colombo 2, Tippett 2, Koch 2, Montgomery 2, Moran
WP: Plummer LP: Gillmen
BB: Gillmen 2, Maceno 1